Making decisions about business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) can be a CIO’s worst nightmare. Planning, implementing and testing a strategy can take months, and result in many sleepless nights. Additionally, some CIOs face the added struggles of smaller budgets, fewer resources, and a mandate for agility to remain competitive. These barriers can make sifting through the seemingly limitless disaster recovery options, from a never-ending list of vendors, an impossible task.
Before you decide on a vendor, however, you will need to determine what type of DR solution best fits your company's needs: Cloud or On Premises.
To help you determine the correct answer, let’s compare conventional DR and cloud-based DR solutions to see which solution type will make a better fit for your business.
- Onsite servers will allow for more control over your server.
- Keeps company data private. No third-party associated.
- Data is accessible without internet access.
- Increased capital investment to build the hardware and infrastrucuture.
- Growth of company means increased spending on hardware and infrastructure.
- Need for space to build/store hardware.
- Additional cost of maintenance and management.
- Need for dedicated IT support.
- Data loss is more likely to occur in the case of a disaster.
- No guaranteed uptime.
- No onsite hardware building costs.
- Scalable to the growth of your business.
- Only pay for what you use.
- Easily connect to cloud from anywhere, using any device.
- Backing data up to the cloud can happen as often as every 15 minutes.
- An internet connection is needed to access company data.
- Trusting a third-party to keep data secure.
- Ongoing cost
If you look hard enough, you will find that there are benefits and drawbacks to any soluton. The key is to find the sloution with the most benefits and the least amount drawbacks for your company. Based on the information above, you may decide that your business has too much money invested in on-premises solutions to make a shift to the cloud at the moment in time. Or, you may decide that the cost benefits associated with cloud are too good to pass up. Whatever you decide, it is important to understand what is available in the industry and what new, disruptive trends are emerging.
It has often been said that conventional DR solutions are slowly going the way of the rotary phone—toward “relic” status. They’re often cost ineffective, given the expense of the hardware, software, and skilled engineering staff needed to run them. In contrast to traditional solutions, cloud DR services offer a cost-effective alternative to the status quo. Cloud DR, whether run by yourself or as a service (DRaaS) makes it easy to replicate data to multiple locations and get your business up and running faster in the event of an interruption.
More importantly, a cloud DR solution provides infinitely more scalability and flexibility in terms of what, where, and how much data you can store offsite without having to invest in further IT infrastructure. And it frees up critical resources (like your employees) for establishing a development environment that can help accelerate the creation and deployment of new services and products for your customer base.
Cloud DR allows you to configure and construct architecture to suit the unique needs of your business. Whether you’re seeking the security and control of a private cloud deployment, the cost-effectiveness and ease of use of a public cloud, or the best of both worlds with a hybrid solution, Cloud DR offers unique opportunities to transform and protect your business more efficiently, while providing greater agility.
Protecting your business in case of disaster is a venture full of complex decisions. While establishing a physical DR policy and program is a common starting point for many organizations, CIOs looking to protect their mid-sized enterprise from ruin are increasingly looking to the cloud for better options than they’ve had in the past.
In fact, many are choosing a 3-tiered approach, opting to have two local sites and a third disparate site elsewhere, which can only be accomplished by leveraging cloud platforms.
Whatever your BC/DR questions, cloud DR platforms should factor into the answer. Whether private, public, or hybrid, you’ll benefit from continuous system availability, lower total cost of ownership, and the flexibility to optimize business continuity by assuring that your business keeps functioning during and after any type of disaster by virtualizing each location where your data resides.
Contact a NewCloud Networks specialist today to learn more about how a cloud DR solution can benefit your business.